So Close

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The inn is her life. He needs to tear it down. 


Auburn Campbell loves Beachcrest Inn. Working there saved her sanity as a teenager and got her back on her feet after a controlling relationship. So when Trey Xavier shows up, threatening to demolish Beachcrest, she’s ready to fight. Nothing riles her up like a hot guy in an expensive suit on a power trip—in the worst and best ways.


Trey screwed up. And now he needs this land deal or he’ll lose his business. He built his company from scratch so he could take care of his family the way his dad never did. But it would be a lot easier for Trey to stand his ground if Auburn didn’t tempt him so badly. He hasn’t wanted anyone like this in a long time. Maybe ever. 


After a few days of summer sun, Auburn and Trey are both losing their heads—and maybe their hearts, too. Except they’re both out of practice at losing. 


Only one thing’s certain: The Fourth of July in Tierney Bay will have plenty of fireworks this year. 



Praise for So Close


“A beautifully written slow burn romance, jam-packed with sexual tension, snappy dialogue, and a cast of clever and charming characters. Get ready to fall in love with Trey and Auburn!" —Karen Booth, Author of Tempted by Scandal


“I loved this book. I loved the story line. I loved the characters. I loved the chemistry. I loved the friendships and family love. … The entire thing was fantastic.” —Andrea, Avid Reader


So Close is a feel good romance brimming with heart, humor, drama, and romance. I loved watching these two go toe-to-toe and try to fight the sparks …” —Misty, Red’s Romance Reviews


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About the author

USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head. 


Serena’s books have earned many honors, including a RITA finalist spot, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Apple Books Best Book of the Month, and Amazon Best Book of the Year for Romance. 


When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also of how often she changes her hobbies and how passionately she embraces the new ones. These days, it’s stand-up paddle boarding, board-gaming, meditation, and long walks with good friends. 

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Publisher
Jelsba Media Group
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Published on
Jan 23, 2020
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Pages
260
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ISBN
9781732894846
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Billionaires
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Eligible for Family Library

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ANOTHER TRY – Two modern-day romance novellas


‘MADDIE & MASON’


Her husband’s murder made national headlines – as did all his sordid secrets. Heartbroken and humiliated, Maddie Nibless quietly takes back her maiden name and retreats into solitude - which deepens when she unexpectedly runs into the unspoken first love of her life, Mason Gentries. But after they part ways again abruptly, she becomes even more reclusive. She only shows up at her twenty-year class reunion to keep a promise she made to her best friend - and the whispers start as soon as she arrives.


Everyone is stunned at Mason Gentries’ transformation from shy, overweight loner to handsome, muscular technology tycoon. His fellow alumni are entranced, vying for his attention. But he only came to try to reconnect one last time with his secret crush, the girl he's loved since elementary school and who he foolishly walked away from seven months before – Maddie.


When she leaves the reunion abruptly, he knows following her could be his last chance to capture her heart.


Will Mason finally have the courage to tell Maddie how he feels? Will Maddie be able to overcome the her past and allow herself to try for happiness once more?


‘TRIXIE & DREW’


Trixie Benning– the no-nonsense Accounting Manager working her way up the corporate ladder. She is highly intelligent, introverted, and for the most part, steadfast about keeping personal and work separated – except when it comes to him.


Drew Alexander- the President and CEO that seems to be her polar-opposite in personality. A confident extrovert with the type of ‘love-and-leave’ history that the tabloids salivate over. He’s used to getting what he wants – and he’s not happy with being told ‘no.’


When Trixie uncovers fraudulent activity at the company, she and Drew must work closely together to repair the damage. But the more time they spend together, the greater the emotional danger to them both.


They just might find the love of a lifetime – if they stop running from it long enough.

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Wealthier and more powerful than most men his age, Tristan Stone merely has to give voice to his desires and whatever he wants is his. Money has given him the ability to say nothing and no one is beyond his reach.


Except for Nina. Stripped of her memory after an accident, she doesn't remember the man who loves her. Now he must find a way to show her why she fell in love with him, but the past is always just a step behind, threatening to take her away forever.


Unsure of everything about the past four years, Nina believes that Tristan loves her. But will the secrets he holds tear them apart just when she needs him most?


Contemporary romance, erotic romance, New York, series, billionaire romance, wealthy hero, romantic suspense, New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller


Look for all the Heart of Stone series books!

Crash Into Me (Heart of Stone #1)

Fall Into Me (Heart of Stone #2)

Give In To Me (Heart of Stone #3)

Heart of Stone Volume One Box Set

Ever After (Heart of Stone #4)

A Heart of Stone Christmas (Heart of Stone #5)

Return To Me (Heart of Stone #6)

Forever With Me (Heart of Stone #7)

Heart of Stone Volume Two Box Set

Hard As Stone (Heart of Stone #8)

Set In Stone (Heart of Stone #9)

Silent As A Stone (Heart of Stone #10)

All of Me (Heart of Stone #11)


And look for the Club X series and Corrupted Love Trilogy, along with K.M.'s paranormal and historical books under her Gabrielle Bisset name, the Sons of Navarus series, the Destined Ones Duology, and the Victorian Erotic Romance series! Check them out and find your next great read today!

A Golden Quill finalist for best hot romance!

AN IRRESISTIBLE OBSESSION ...


Alex is a mystery: Secretive. Rich. Way too hot for his own good. 


I’m an artist just trying to make it as a potter, and why he wants me, I don’t know. 


I’m starting over in this beautiful beach town, and saying “yes” to him is part of the adventure. Until yes becomes something more.


My new artist friends are quirky and cool. My teacher is alarmingly obnoxious. I’m working hard to get into the big juried exhibition. And I keep losing myself in Alex’s arms.


He’s insatiable. I’m addicted. But under his quietly forceful exterior is a man wounded to his core.


Can obsession turn into love? And can passion overcome the past?


Or is Alex the worst best thing that ever happened to me?


Bohemia Beach is a sizzling hot romance featuring an aspiring clay artist, a mysteriously wealthy/seductive/secretly sweet writer, and a colorful beach town brimming with passion, drama and humor. This is the first novel in the Bohemia Beach Series, each a steamy standalone romance set among a circle of artists in the enchanting Florida city they call home.


"Lucy Lakestone writes sizzling, smart, sexy beach romances that are hard to put down and impossible to forget."

- Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author


WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

"Great characters who were relatable and very well written. The sex scenes were explicitly hot!!! But what I loved most was Lucy's writing style. I fell right into the book from the very first chapter, I will most definitely be reading the other books in this series."


"Light, sweet, fun and steamy! What a great combination. This is a story about the power of loving and being loved and how healing can come from that love and acceptance. Beautiful writing and engaging characters."


"As a Central Floridian, I was amazed at the picturesque settings depicted in 'Bohemia Beach'! Lucy Lakestone's descriptions of Florida's East Coast are on target and simply fantastic. 'Bohemia Beach' is incredibly well written and the characterizations unique as well as interesting. I found the main characters extremely likeable and the story fast paced. The plot development and execution was flawless. The intimacy between the main characters was tasteful as well as erotic. If you are searching for a heartwarming love story with plenty of heat, look no further than 'Bohemia Beach'!"


"The heat between boy and girl leapt off the page leaving a wake of steam...characters were rich, relatable and interesting. I loved this author's voice."


"The author's exquisite descriptions of the locale with its sexy, artsy-beachy scene, and depth of characters made me feel like I was right there with them and part of their social circle. "


THE BOHEMIA BEACH SERIES 

While each title can be read on its own, the books have interconnected characters and settings, and you may wish to read them in order: 

1. Bohemia Beach - Golden Quill finalist

2. Bohemia Light 

3. Bohemia Blues - winner of the Golden Quill and a National Readers' Choice Award finalist

4. Bohemia Heat 

5. Bohemia Nights 

6. Bohemia Bells

7. Bohemia Chills

Toe-curling? Check. Sheet-twisting? Check. But is that enough for a second chance?

Jack: I’m pretty much as tough as they come. But when a woman comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. Scratch that—when Maddie Adams comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. That’s how we ended up making our incredible son five years ago, and that’s why I practically beg her to move in with me when she’s in a tight spot. Of course, the last time I got the chance to be the hero, I let her down, but I’m not making the same mistake twice. This time, I’m going to be the man she deserves—and then I’m going to lay every ounce of sexy on her until she lets me back into her heart.

Maddie: Jack Parker is hot, and he knows it. What he’s not is a family man, something this single mom had to learn the hard way. Still, moving into his place until I get back on my feet makes all kinds of sense. He’s an old friend. He’s, ahem, the father of my child. And let’s face it, now that I’ve just been colossally dumped, we’ve got nowhere else to go. The truth is, I never could resist Jack. Living under the same roof puts dirty thoughts in my head. And when my brilliant plan backfires, my whole body is begging for a do-over. . . .

Do Over is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

“Sharp, funny, charming, and impossible to put down! I adored Do Over.”—Jessica Lemmon, author of the Real Love series

“Fans of second-chance romance are going to love this, I’m sure of it. If you’re looking for a fun and grounded read, make sure to pick up Do Over.”—All About Romance

“I have read several books by Serena Bell and I am never disappointed. This book was no exception. It’s sweet and sexy and emotional in all the ways that I like. . . . I love reading about a family working their way back to each other.”—Smexy Books

“I loved this story. It kept me engaged from beginning to end and I immediately connected with the characters. This is a second-chance romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. The characters are real, vulnerable, good together, and have amazing sexual chemistry.”—Cocktails and Books

Don’t miss any of Serena Bell’s delightful romances:
YOURS TO KEEP | HOLD ON TIGHT | AFTER MIDNIGHT | TURN UP THE HEAT | CAN’T HOLD BACK | TO HAVE AND TO HOLD | GETTING INSIDE | DO OVER | HEAD OVER HEELS
She’s done being a virgin. He’s willing to help her out. Only now he has a problem of his own: He can’t stop wanting more. 


The answer has to be no, of course. No way Griff Ambrose is going to help Becca Drake lose her virginity. Not only is she his friend’s little sister, but Griff doesn’t do commitment—not since the day he came home from war to find his house empty and his wife gone.


But he can’t get Becca’s request—or pretty much anything else about her—out of his head. What can it hurt, anyway? If it’s awkward afterwards, they can just avoid each other. Right?


Becca Drake has turned her life around, and she’s proud of how much butt she’s kicking. The shy girl with the self-esteem problem has been shown the door, and New Becca’s in the driver’s seat. There’s just one more demon she has to exorcise. Virginity is messing up her sex life. Guys who might be okay with giving her a test drive act like they’re being auditioned for marriage when they find out she’s never had intercourse.


Griff is the perfect candidate to do the deed: He’s her friend, he’s sexy as heck, and neither of them wants anything serious.


Then Becca’s job goes belly up and she takes a temporary position at the veterans’ retreat where Griff works. Now she and Griff can’t stay out of each other’s way—and their entanglement keeps getting messier—and sexier. Worst of all, it’s getting harder and harder for Becca and Griff to lie to themselves about what they really want... 


“I loved this book. A friends-to-friends-with-benefits-to-lovers romance that is fun, sweet and heartfelt with fantastic characters and a sexy and emotional love story, I was completely hooked!” —Escapist Book Blog  


“Wow. This was such a great book! I loved that both Griff & Becca had to work on themselves before they could find their HEA. I also loved that they both saw the best in each other, and had more faith in the other person than themselves. I didn’t want to put the book down!!” —Messy Bun Book Blog  


“A wonderfully emotional and captivating romance, Holding Out by Serena Bell is truly a lovely read. It’s well-written, absolutely charming, incredibly touching, and so beautiful in many ways.” —Sincerely Karen Jo 


“This was a great story. I loved the banter. These characters so obviously should be together. The pace was good, the heat was such a good build, and goes great with the series.” —Kitty’s Book Spot 


“5 Steamy Stars! <3 If you are looking for a great book full of romance and good background stories then I would highly recommend reading this book and any other by the author!” —Jackie’s Book World


I absolutely loved Holding Out! Griff and Becca's story was just wonderful. It was sexy, funny, and fun—with a refreshing lack of BS (beyond the traditional "we're just going to do a one and done and move on like nothing happened" that a premise like this demands—but let me tell you, when the delusional "one and done" is as good as this one is, I am here for it). —Becky on Books and Quilts

The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . .

“Touching and seductive . . . a perfect blend of romantic sexiness and sweet sentimentality.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers?

Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers. . . .

Sleepover is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

“Serena Bell’s books have heat and soul—a potent combination.”—Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author of the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series

“Sleepover has everything you want in a romance. It’s achingly sweet, nuclear hot, and so smart. I finished it and immediately wanted to go back to the beginning.”—Karen Booth, author of Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl

“Serena Bell’s stories are real, emotional, and oh so sexy. Sleepover is one of her best. Elle and Sawyer’s relationship warmed my heart.”—Wendy S. Marcus, author of All I Need is You

“Fresh, entertaining, and a story of personal growth. What’s not to like?”—I Love Romantic Fiction

Don’t miss any of Serena Bell’s delightful romances:
YOURS TO KEEP | HOLD ON TIGHT | AFTER MIDNIGHT | TURN UP THE HEAT | CAN’T HOLD BACK | TO HAVE AND TO HOLD | GETTING INSIDE | DO OVER | HEAD OVER HEELS | SLEEPOVER
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